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FMs ‘Duty to switch to LEDs’

20 June 2012

Honeywell Electrical Devices & Systems (ED&S) has called for a worldwide switch to LED lighting, claiming that organisations across the globe – large and small – have a responsibility to seriously consider this energy-efficient lighting in the drive to combat climate change and save energy.

With lighting representing on average 21 percent of a building’s total energy consumption and accounting for 19 percent of global energy production, the company believes a switch to LED lighting could now be one of the biggest drivers of energy savings.

Energy savings can in fact equate to 60 percent when comparing a LED tube at 23 watts with a typical fluorescent tube at 58 watts.

In order to aid companies that pledge to investigate the switch to LED technology, Honeywell ED&S has launched a free global consulting service. Through consultations, site surveys, devising bespoke lighting schemes, producing detailed energy and cost saving calculations and offering pilot installations, the company aims to arm facility and energy managers with a rigorous energy-saving and ROI assessment before making an investment.

“It’s been predicted that LED technology could dominate the lighting market by 2015 – but it needs to be sooner,” comments John Storey, Global Business Director of LED Lighting for Honeywell ED&S. “Currently, around two thirds of lighting is based on older, energy wasting technologies developed before 1970 – this is not sustainable.

“Until now though, the lighting industry has failed to deliver a much superior proposition to be used for general high-quality lighting in almost all applications. But we’re at a turning point. LED lighting is the most exciting thing since the electric light – and every bit as revolutionary. However, we recognise that the key issue for facilities and energy managers is justifying the initial investment to switch – that’s why we’ve launched our global consulting service, and our online energy calculator to empower them with answers to questions about the long-term return on investment through energy and cost savings.”

With a significantly longer life span of 60,000 hours compared to a traditional fluorescent tube lasting 10-15,000 hours, LED lighting lasts for an additional five years, and with a wider optimum temperature range, LED lighting is more effective as well as more efficient. According to the International Energy Agency, the worldwide switch to LED lighting could save energy consumption for lighting by 40 percent.

The switch to LED lighting is supported by global independent body, the Lighting Industry Association. Peter Hunt, Joint Chief Executive of the association, said: "The pace of change in LED technology has brought not just high efficiency but also the opportunity to improve the quality of the lit environment as manufacturers invest in continuous improvement.

"For facilities managers looking to reduce costs and meet energy targets, the switch to LED lighting is a logical, effective solution."

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